Driving to an appointment on GA 44 though Eatonton I passed Georgia Butts BBQ. The restaurant was located on a small rise near Lake Oconee in a tin roofed building that rambled across the back of a crushed stone parking lot. It looked like the perfect place to grab a pork sandwich, and I made a mental note to drop in for a meal on my return trip to Tallahassee.
I pulled into Georgia Butts and parked next to the roadside sign. Gravel crunched under my feet as I made my way to the window to place my order. Pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and turkey were all available on the lunch menu and I asked the guy behind the counter which was the best. Without hesitation he told me to get the pulled pork with a side of their mac ‘n cheese and a serving of Brunswick stew. I took the man at his word, handed over my money, and was given a foam box full of food.
Eating BBQ in a moving motor vehicle is not advised, so I made my way to the dining area. Rustic picnic tables were set out in rows. Bright red napkin holders dotted the tops of the tables along with bottles of various BBQ sauces. Pine straw was strewn about the floor and a single flat screen television was tuned to golf.
I popped open the lid and my eyes were met with three piles of disappointment. A large bun was topped with a piled of shredded pre-sauced pork. I popped a piece into my mouth. It had no smoked flavor and tasted like it had been cooked overnight in a crock pot. The mac ‘n cheese was a congealed blob of overcooked pasta tossed in a sauce that mimicked the flavor of Velveeta shells and cheese only less appealing.
The most appalling dish was the Brunswick stew. The meat and other ingredients had been reduced to a puree so thick the plastic spoon stood straight up in the dish. The sole overpowering flavor was canned tomatoes. I took two bites and could not stomach a third. Even the sweet tea at Georgia Butts was terrible as it was watered down and bland.
If a man could subsist on sadness I would have left Georgia Butts full. Sadly, lunch at this establishment was a waste of $8.00 and I would recommend avoiding this restaurant. Georgia Butts is located at 1024 Lake Oconee Pkwy, Eatonton, Georgia and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The BBQ joint is on Facebook and can be contacted by telephone at (706) 474-0946.
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